COMMUNITY OPINION: Charity provides legal help for our agriculture workers


Mary Zanger writes that she hopes agriculture staff are currentd a path to residentship.

This group opinion was contributed by resident Mary Zanger. The opinions expressed Do not primarily recurrent BenitoLink or completely different affiliated contributors.


Now that San Benito County formally resides in an emergency drought state of affairs All of us are involved as lowered agriculture acreage impacts all of us: much less and costly healthful fruit and greens, jobs, income, financial system and water scarcity. 

As this drought begins ancompletely different Might Even be ending, I am considering of the drought of care and concern for our important agriculture staff as they Discover your self to be weak to Lack of income.  This prolonged dry spell for them left in authorized limbo is being remedied by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County Who’re sponsoring The primary flood Of information with residentship purposes and free authorized assist. 

Think about The drawback of being needed for employment but un-needed for particular personhood, needed by the state whereby one lives To current meals for all, but rejected for merely current.  Robotic remedy defines a statemuch less particular person.  The un-citizen Might be poorly housed and poorly paid.  Yet Assistance is out there now.

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County sponsored an event on Might 22 at Rebecca’s Childrens Center in Gilroy To assist Inexpertised Card holders apply for residentship.  I hope ancompletely different is deliberate as this was like An monumental Teddy Bear warmth hugging numerous Males And women working and dwelling in shadows for years.   

This drought of our lack of concern, compassion and humanity, has harmed completely differents.  Non-residents expertise drawbacks and discriminations. Now’s the time to right this injustice And current paths to residentship to People Who’ve contributed to our properly-being and financial system For many years.


Mary Zanger, Retired Pharmacist